Fleischner, T.L., editor. 2017. Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness. Torrey House Press, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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“A sigh of relief, a blessing from some of the continent’s most beautiful writers, a cooling breeze for an over-heated time – Tom Fleischner’s new anthology is a pleasure, start to finish.”

-- Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Piano Tide and Great Tide Rising


In Nature, Love, Medicine, nearly two dozen writers, poets, scientists, and healers reflect on what loving and needing nature really means to them.  Read it, and you’ll be stirred to ask the same of your own reflection – in the clearest, quietest pool you can find.    

-- Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown


Nature, Love, Medicine is a beautiful collaboration that brings together diverse perspectives.... While each offering is unique and each voice tells a specific story, a common passion and sense of beauty unites the book and transcends any expectations.... Each contributor's love for the natural world is apparent and, more important, infectious. Readers will be inspired to renew their connection to the living world and attempt to rejuvenate their bodies and minds.

-- Booklist

[flier pdf]     [Booklist review]

--Named a Finalist in the ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Awards (Nature category)


Fleischner, T.L., editor. 2011. The Way of Natural History.  Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas.  

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"Natural history and mindfulness are two surfaces of the same leaf, a seamless merging of attentiveness outward and inward, toward the interwoven realms of nature and psyche.  For some people, the window is clearer looking outward; for others, it’s easier to look within.  But regardless what is being attended, the practice of mindful attention is very much the same, and the two practices are fully complementary." 

--from The Way of Natural History

 [flier pdf]     [Gary Paul Nabhan review in Bloomsbury Review]

Awarded Honorable Mention in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA)

in the Nature category (also a finalist in the Anthologies category)

On the "Best of Science" short list in Wall Street Journal


Fleischner, T.L., with photographs by L. Niemeyer. 2005. Desert Wetlands.    University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. [flier pdf]  [excerpt pdf]

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"Homo sapiens wounds the world with greater ferocity than any other being.  Yet at the heart of our nature dwells a psyche with two capacities.  We are wired not just for destruction, but for healing, grace, and compassion.  From this deeply rooted potential, then—evident in the tenderness of a parent for child, the offering of food to the homeless, or the inclination to stare into the throat of a wildflower for the simple sensation of beauty—we can take heart and justly feel hope.  Remembering that our bodies are built of clear water, borrowed from the fluid of earth, is a place to start."

--from Desert Wetlands


Fleischner, T.L. 1999. Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. [flier pdf]  [excerpts pdf]

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"There is no substitute for time spent in the canyons, on the slickrock.  Listening to the ringing we call silence, or the shifting song we call a river.  If this book proves to be a worthy companion for your own Escalante wanderings, it will have been a success.  May you step softly and hear fully.  These canyons have more to teach than we can learn.  The most we can do is enter with respect, be ready to receive, and--perhaps--emerge in love."

--from Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons



Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Sewall, L. and T.L. Fleischner.   In Review.  Why ecopsychology needs natural history.  Ecopsychology.

Trombulak, S.C. and T.L. Fleischner. 2018.  The natural history renaissance continues. Journal of Natural History Education and Experience 12: 1-4.  [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L., D. Hanna, and L. Floyd-Hanna. 2017.  A preliminary description of the Mogollon Highlands Ecoregion.  The Plant Press [Arizona Native Plant Society; Fall]: 3-6.    [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L. 2017. Our Deepest Affinity.  Pages 3-15 in T.L. Fleischner, ed.  Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness. Torrey House Press, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fleischner, T.L. 2017.  Natural history--here and now.  Pan European Networks: Science and Technology 25: 1-2.  [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L. 2017.  Learning from the source.  Pan European Networks: Science and Technology 24: 1-2.    [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L. R.E. Espinoza, G. Gerrish, H.W. Greene, R.W. Kimmerer, E.A. Lacey, S. Pace, J.K. Parrish, H. Swain, S. Trombulak, S. Weisberg, D.W. Winkler, and L. Zander.  2017.  Teaching biology in the field: Importance, challenges, and solutions. BioScience  67 (6): 558-567.  DOI 10.1093/biosci/bix036.   [contact me for a copy]

Fleischner, T.L.  2017.  The Grace of Wildness. Pages 98-102 in S. Trimble, ed.  Red Rock Stories. Torrey House Press, Salt Lake City. 

Pace, S., T.L. Fleischner, S Weisberg, and A. Moline. 2017.  Saying Yes to Environmental Field Studies: A Guide to Proactive, Successful Administration and Operations.  Natural History Institute, Prescott, Arizona (available at:

Fleischner, T.L.  2016.  The Grace of Wildness. Pages 54-55 in S. Trimble, ed.  Red Rock Testimony.  Limited edition chapbook for members of U.S. Congress, in partnership with Torrey House Press, Salt Lake City.    [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L.  2016.  “In the Palace of Rot” (p. 119);  and, “From: Field Notes” (p. 204).  In: N. Brodie, C. Goodrich, and F.J. Swanson, eds.  Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old Growth Forest.  University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Fleischner, T.L., A. Sunseri, K. Clute, L. Dowling, D. Goehring, A. Gosnell, R. Haaversen, E. Healy, C. Lozenich, J.D. Mobley, J. Tinnin, and G. Whol.  2015.  Lessons of the wild: nature and psyche in the Escalante Canyons.  Ecopsychology 7(1): 4-6.  [pdf]

Fleischner, T.L.  2014.  An invitation to attentiveness and imagination.  Questions for a Resilient Future series, Center for Humans & Nature.

Beschta, R.L., D.L. Donahue, D.A. DellaSala, J.J. Rhodes, J.R. Karr, M.H. O'Brien, T.L. Fleischner, and C. Deacon Williams.  2014.  Reducing livestock effects on public lands in the western United States as the climate changes: a r